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Gov. Perry Appoints Garza and Townsend to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Eric Garza of Brownsville and Cheryln "Cherie" Townsend of Austin to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The board oversees the treatment and prevention of juvenile delinquency, and administers juvenile justice funds.

Garza is associate director of the LIBRE Initiative. He is assistant director and a board member of the Valley International Community Development Corporation, a board member of the Brownsville Independent School District Bond Committee, and a graduate and board member of Leadership Brownsville. Garza received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Townsend is executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, and has 35 years of experience in juvenile probation and juvenile corrections. She is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, Juvenile Justice Leadership Network, Suicide Prevention Resource Center Steering Committee, and National Academies Committee on Assessing Juvenile Justice Reform. She is also an advisory board member of the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center and a volunteer with Austin Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Townsend received a bachelor's degree from Rockford College, a Master of Public Administration from Southern Methodist University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas.

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